Boating on the Bellarine Peninsula is safer and more accessible following the completion of a new boat ramp at Indented Head.
Member for Bellarine Lisa Neville represented the Environment Minister Lily D’Amborisio at the recent official opening of the new boat ramp.
A $360,000 grant provided to Bellarine Bayside Foreshore Committee of Management facilitated the replacement of the former 40-year-old ramp.
The new ramp is one metre wider than the previous ramp, allowing for two lanes for vehicles to launch and retrieve boats simultaneously and safely.
A wider variety of vehicles can use the ramp safely following improvements to the ramp slope. Previously, the gentle slope meant vehicles were partly submerged when launching and retrieving vessels. “We are committed to making Bellarine waterways safer and more accessible for everyone.” Ms Neville said.
The new ramp’s surface also provides vehicles with better traction.
Access to vessels on the water is easier with a new concrete landing and additional ladders improving pedestrian access on the jetty.
Ms Neville said, “This project is an outstanding example of several groups working together to improve water access on the Bellarine Peninsula for the benefit of the community.”
“The Bellarine is a known boat and fishing recreation hotspot, boasting one of the busiest areas for licences in Victoria.”
“Improved water access will have flow-on benefits for the local economy, drawing more people to the area to enjoy everything the beautiful Bellarine Peninsula has to offer.”
The project cost $495,000. The State Government contributed $360,000 to the project through the Boating Safety and Facilities Program, with the remainder funded by Bellarine Bayside.